Vision and objectives
The TALENT initiative aims at providing an advanced and comprehensive training to graduate students and young researchers in low-energy nuclear theory. The network aims at developing a broad curriculum that will provide the platform for a cutting-edge theory for understanding nuclei and nuclear reactions. These objectives are being met by offering intensive three-week courses on a rotating set of topics, commissioned from experienced teachers in nuclear theory. The educational material generated under this program will be collected in the form of web-based courses, textbooks, and a variety of modern educational resources. No such all-encompassing material is available at present; its development will allow dispersed university groups to profit from the best expertise available.
The advanced training network in nuclear theory will provide students (theorists and experimentalists) with a broad background in methods and techniques that can easily be applied to other domains of science and technology. The characteristic feature of this initiative is training in multi-scale nuclear physics. This knowledge is crucial not only for a basic understanding of atomic nuclei, but also for further development of knowledge-oriented industry; from nanotechnology and material science to biological sciences, to high performance computing. As such, the proposed training aims at providing an inter-disciplinary education when it comes to theories and methods.
The ultimate goal of the TALENT initiative is to develop a graduate program of excellence in low-energy nuclear theory. The program will build strong connections between universities and research laboratories and institutes worldwide and provide a unique training ground for the future needs of nuclear physics.